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NORMATIVE ECONOMICS: The branch of economics that states the way the economy should operate. A normative statement is based on values and can be proved neither right or wrong. While positive economics seeks to explain the way it is, normative economics, the policy side of economics, seeks to prescribe the way it should be. Normative economics is used to recommend ways to change the world, to improve it, and to make it a better place for both man and beast.

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Lesson 4: Production Possibilities | Unit 5: Investment Page: 23 of 24

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Scarcity is THE economic problem. Investment in capital goods is the source of economic growth and progress that lessens the scarcity problem.
  • Some investment is good, but lot of investment is not necessarily better.
  • If we produce only capital goods and no consumption goods, eventually, with no consumption, people would die.
  • The trick is to strike a balance between capital goods and consumption goods.
  • Answering this question puts us into the realm of normative economics.

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AXIOM

A basic precondition or assumption underlying a theory. Axioms are basic, unverifiable world view assumptions--including personal beliefs, political views, and cultural values--that form the foundation of a theory.

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